New Year, New Rules: Oil and Gas Transportation Industry Faces New Safety Protocols, Increased Scrutiny

Many recent conversations about the North American oil and gas industry have been preoccupied with slumping prices and the impact on the stock market. Yet the oil and gas industry is also facing a year of increased public scrutiny and new safety requirements, particularly in the midstream sector.

U.S. and Canada Reviewing Crude Oil / Rail Safety Standards

The tragic 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment and other recent rail accidents have led both Transport Canada and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to take a closer look at rail safety standards, particularly as they relate to the transportation of crude oil. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on December 18, 2014 to discuss aligning their regulatory approaches in the year ahead.

“Safety is a shared responsibility,” said Foxx at the time. “While we have different regulatory processes, we share a goal of ensuring the safety … Read more...

Workers’ Memorial Day, NIOSH Seeks Mine-Rescue Robots, Canadian Fracking Report Released and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Workers’ Memorial Day 2014 focus on chemical safety
  • “Preventable Deaths 2014” report released
  • Train carrying crude oil derails in Virginia
  • Transport Canada announces new railway regulations
  • IOSH launches new UAE branch
  • NIOSH seeking proposals for mine-rescue robotics
  • New report assesses environmental impacts of fracking

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Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • International Labour Organization (ILO): Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work. Read the report here.
  • Preventable Deaths 2014 Report. Read the full report